August 23, 2017 Subject:
It's great to get to hear a Miller/SBD of this show.
Richfield is known for being the first shows with Vince, and this night for the jam out of Terrapin. There's way more here. The short time in the summer of '90 when we didn't know the fate of the band, was quickly steamrolled forward into new-guy curiosity. I recall an optimism that the band knew best and made the correct emotional decision. Of course today, with all the biographies that have come out, we might second-guess some of those decisions. I was a big Brent fan and never entirely got used to Vince, though listening to this show there's no denying his talent throughout, and that he played well, pre-Bruce. What incredible pressure to step out in front of a sold-out coliseum, with serious fans that you know are listening closely to what you play. Getting tapes of the Richfield shows and hearing the trial-by-fire was a big thing for a couple months in '90. You can tell that a challenge at least as big as a new keyboardist, was the tweaking and adjusting from the sound crew (the AUDS show that Vince was brought up in the mix a bit on the 2nd night). The shakeup supposedly created a fuck-it/anything goes approach for awhile (and with this band, that contrarily meant these shows were woodshedded and setlisted).
Maintenance opiate users rarely OD but fame has been known to be mistaken extra invincibility. We now know that Jer really took Brent's death hard, and addicts specifically have one reliable coping mechanism. The whole turnover was so fast and IMO it was at this point that the Dead took on the semblance of an unstoppable machine that didn't have all the same reasons for being as it did just a few short years prior - health and scene be damned. A tough time and a weird time, but yet lots of positive group vibes in response. It was delicious to hear this tape (though my copy was lower Gen) and hear just how good the good old new Grateful Dead sounded. At that point I was really wishing I'd had the wherewithal to plan the Paris & London shows (or one of the smaller Euroshows), instead of waiting until December.
First Set. Starts strong, with Hellina heavy on swimming and tinkering the sound - keepin' it fresh. Sugaree with Vince is sorta bouncy and...one of the best of the 90s! I crap you negative. Minglewood spirals ether-ish and you might think Deal is just average when it starts but you won't be saying that 5 minutes later. This isn't a typical 90s warm-up 1st set AT ALL; it's an Ohio temblor.
Second Set. Is there an Eyes that ever sounded quite like this? The Watchtower is great (if not quite the one from the earlier Albany run), and the jam out of Terrapin is good (it used to circ as filler), though there are many better examples. For this set it really depends what you like - it's more experimental than most '90 (and quite rough in places: Stella, Stones), but doesn't have the flash of the 1st set. It has unusual length and textures and is yr GOGD, but gimme the 1st set (+ Eyes), which surpasses the more-collected MSG '90s (except for 9/20). Those excitable MSG '90 shows were all about "Dude, they're back!", as good word ricocheted across the land, but there were other great late '90 sets, as evidenced here in what could have been rough-hewn and excusably so. This show was followed by a run at the Philly Spectrum.
1st Set: A- 2nd Set: C
Overall = 4 stars
Sugaree - possibly the best of the Vince era
New Minglewood Blues - best-of-year ripper
Queen Jane Approximately - never more solid
Deal - Jer in focus
Eyes of the World - a unique-sounding, best-of, 17-minute version
All Along the Watchtower - Jimi who?
SOURCES: The miller_92241 sounds best, with great freq representation across the board - except the keyboards, which are mixed too high in the 2nd set (which isn't the case on the AUDs). The jam out of Terrapin is on So Many Roads. The hansokolow97359 is a great matrix (but loses Phil somewhat in places).
October 13, 2013 Subject:
this is a good jam out of terrapin; what are your favorites? Try 12-6-89 Oakland
December 23, 2011 Subject:
Best show I attended
This was my fourth show when I had gone previously for the party scene. I left this concert a Dead Head. Have you ever seen that bumber sticker that read "If I have to explain, you won't understand"? Well, I understood clearly after this masterpiece. It was the best of the 48 total shows I attended- including the 8 Garcia Band shows. This musicasl experience was magic in its entirety.
December 2, 2011 Subject:
This is a very good show.
The Dead was sounding really strong at the beginning of the Wellnick era. I saw both of these Richfield shows, and that was a really nice run. Jerry soars as the boys roll out a tight set of old standards and carry Vince along. Loser, Cassidy -> Deal a very nice way to end Set I. Set II speaks for itself. Stellar Terrapin. Stellar Stella!
RE: Cheer during Eyes - Listen to the AUD. The house PA system drops out during the "wonderin where the nuthatch winters" line. The audience is simply reacting to this brief technical glitch. This isn't evident on the SBD.
December 2, 2011 Subject:
Cheer During Eyes
This was a nice show! My friends and I managed to get 5th row seats at a small ticket outlet in Ithaca NY. The crowd noise could be from when some people up front wanted to make room to dance so they started making a rather large pile of the chairs that the venue had placed down there for seating. It was quite a scene. Great times!
September 13, 2011 Subject:
The cheer during Eyes
Nice show. Question: what is the audience cheer at 1:45 of Eyes in reference to? Anyone remember? Occurs when Jerry sings: "Wondering where, the nuthatch winters..."
December 27, 2010 Subject:
Very Nice, Underappreciated Show
Garcia stepped it up a notch on this one (in part to cover for newbie Welnick) - tight, inspired playing throughout. IMO, one of the strongest gigs of the Vince era... in large part because Vince was (for a beautiful, fleeting moment) so unobtrusive. MASSIVE Estimated.
July 21, 2010 Subject:
always dug going to cleveland shows. just the right sort of energy for me. midwest i suppose. i completely lost my sense of self in this eyes of the world. it clocks in impressively. i like this board more than the matrix.
rick e. -
March 21, 2009 Subject:
No one knew what to expect at these shows ,but the boys pulled off a great series of shows.After this show it seemed the road would go on forever with awesome shows ,but sadly by '92 the magical moments were few and far in between.I try to listen to '92-'95 but it's mostly just sad.Compared to '95 Jerry still looked a bit youthful in '89-'91,and still could deliver some nice vocals .